The country has two Miss Universe titles and numerous top ten finalists in the annual pageant. However, many locals are fuming at this recent video of Gabrielle Walcott who sounds like she was born in Beverly Hills than Trinidad.
And yes…..we know the difference between speaking and putting on an accent. Former Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam speaks proper English and still sounds authentically Trini as well as Miss T&T / Universe 2008 and Project Runway Season 9 contestant Anya Ayoung-Chee whose accent is clearly heard every week on primetime tv.
Well…watch the video and you be the judge and read below for one local’s detailed rant about Gabby’s “O.C. accent!”
“Dear Gabrielle Walcott , Ah doh always talk like dis eh, sometimes I speak like this …..”
Written by: Folayan Xui
Correct me if I am wrong, does speaking well as a Trinidadian equate to speaking with a forced quasi-American accent and a contrived “Valley Girl” accent at that?
Well, during Miss Trinidad’s interview for the Miss Universe Pageant, our representative sounded more like a valley girl from the OC than a resident of WestMoorings. And all these Trinidadian clowns kept saying that “she was speaking properly.” Bull shit!!!
You can speak just as properly with a Trinidadian accent. Ask the thousands of proud Trinis that do it on a daily basis.
Seriously all those clowns who claimed that “she was just speaking properly” is up to their necks in caca, fowl shit, poop and every other type of excrement you can think of. I speak properly everyday and I have made it a point too keep my accent even after having lived aboard for close to 20 years. Yes I too encounter the ignoramuses that claim that they cannot understand my brand of English. However , instead of trying to sound like a fresh water Yankee I slow my roll , enunciate and speak rather crisply. Bet your bottom dollar they understand me then , they understand me so much so that they now think that I am speaking down at them. This just goes to show that you cannot please the masses. Therefore why go through the hassle of switching up your accent to sound like a fake ??
Miss Gabrielle Walcott when you were given that title, we gave it to you with the expectations that you would go out there and represent our country to the best of your ability. You were suppose to embody what it is means to be a Trinbagonian. You were suppose show to the world the traits that makes us unique as a people and culture. What can be more unique to a country than it’s accent? An accent that was honed from influences far and wide, an accent that speaks of tradition and culture, an accent that has highs, lows and crescendos. So much so that we are often told that when we speak we are so lyrical that we seem to sing instead of talk.
Madame Walcott just in case no one ever told you this, I am telling you now – the Trinidadian accent is a beautiful thing and if you don’t know that, you better ask someone…someone like CNN.
Now take that in yuh pipe and smoke it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s a news broadcast of her after she won the competition three months ago, fast forward to 2:22.
What are your views? Do you think she sounds authentic? Leave a comment?